Registration information for summer and fall 2015

Now that registration for the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 terms has begun, I would like to remind you of several matters you should take into consideration as you select your courses.

First, remember that the fullest and most detailed information about course contents can be found in the course descriptions found on the A&H webpage:

The logistical information found on Course LookUp is always accurate but these listings only include the catalog copy rather than more current information on the current version of any course. We will endeavor to insure that course descriptions appear for all graduate courses.

Second, graduate students interested in creative writing should be aware that, in response to concerns from the UT System and our accrediting agency, we are reducing the number of times creative writing courses can be taken. Effective Fall 2015, introductory-level graduate courses (HUAS 6350-6355) may now be taken only two times each.  Student who have taken these courses the maximum number of times should then enroll in intermediate-level graduate courses (HUAS 6380, 81, 83, + 85).  These courses can also only be taken two times each. We will offer intermediate courses each long semester beginning this Fall. We will also continue to offer HUAS 7349 regularly for doctoral students. This new policy does not affect any courses in creative writing that you have already completed. It only restricts the number of times you can take each course number beginning with the Fall 2015 semester.

Finally, I’d like to remind all doctoral students that, effective Spring 2015, repeatable organized courses are counted toward your graduate career at UT-Dallas as a whole. That is, if you take a course number the maximum number of times listed in the catalog as part of your MA degree plan, you will be unable to count the course number as part of your PhD coursework. Similarly, if a course is repeatable to 9 hours total and you take it once during your MA, you will only be able to enroll in it for 6 hours as part of your PhD.

The enrollment software will probably not stop you from enrolling beyond the total number of repetitions allowed and the academic advisors may only become aware that you have gone over the maximum number allowed in retrospect. It is your responsibility to keep track of how often your organized courses may be repeated and how often you have enrolled in them. (These new limits do not apply to independent studies or dissertation hours.)

Our assumption is that, if in earlier course work you have exceeded the maximum number of repeats, those courses will be allowed to be applied to your degree plan. Any courses taken from Spring 2015 forward, however, must not exceed the maximum hours listed in the catalog for your entire graduate career at UT-Dallas.

For details about each specific graduate program and degree plan, see the information here:

Doctoral students should also refer to their copy of the milestones agreement which  outlines the requisite steps to complete their degree.

From the fall semester, it should be possible for students who have no holds or registration blocks to wait list for a course, see instructions here


Networks and History – New class Fall 2013

Course information can be found at
To sign-up please contact ATEC graduate advisor Chip Wood <> or ATEC Ph.D. advisor Christine Messik <>. Please cc the instructor <> for speedy approval.

General course information
Semester Fall 2013
Date & Time Thursdays 4:00–6:45pm
Location Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building (TBA)
Course website

Course summary
This research course aims for lab-style collaboration in the area of Networks and History. Students can bring in their existing expertise and build new skills by taking an iterative “small steps” approach. Retracing and extending over existing work by the instructor and his collaborators, the course aims to transcend the disciplinary boundaries of (art) history, digital humanities, information design, computer science, and physics.
We will start from and extend over a particular example: The growing interrelation of cultural centers in the Western World over two millennia, based on large datasets of noted people and artists. Intellectual challenges include the combination of the qualitative and quantitative, the integration of humanistic inquiry & data visualization & scientific modeling, apparent (super)exponential growth of knowledge, vast heterogeneity of data density, and the communication of results to different constituencies. Practical issues include acquiring data from public and proprietary sources, cleaning and geolocating data, finding a worthwhile question to answer, (dynamic) visualization of historic growth and wild spatial heterogeneity, the characterization of large complex networks, and last not least separating facts from bias.
The Networks and History course extends over two years of ArtsScience collaboration initiated by the instructor with a number of world-class physicists and information designers. The respective paper, along with extensive supporting material and video visualizations is currently in review. Results of the course can lead to further co-authored publications that students can add to their CVs.

Course requirements
The course is open as an elective with 3 hours credit to UTD grad-students in A&H, CS, EMAC, and of course ATEC. NS&M grad-students are welcome to participate without credit.
You should be interested in multidisciplinary research and collaboration.
The academic calendar, project assignments, readings, and presentation requirements
will be discussed and defined together in the first course session.